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Arras Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir

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Arras Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir

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Louise Radman (2002 Vintage) says
Freshly plucked apples, delicate oyster mushroom complexity, powerful sea foam minerality and juicy lemon acidity that is the hallmark of Tasmania. 60% Chardonnay 40% Pinot noir 5 yrs ageing on lees & a further 2yrs under cork.
Nick Stock (2002 Vintage) says
From a substantial company commitment and Ed Carr's insightful, committed approach, great things come. Add in a super-cool vintage like 2002 and you'll find yourself at the pinnacle of Australian sparkling wine. This bottle-fermented chardonnay pinot noir shows plenty of youthful cool-climate citrus fruits, really intense grapefruit and nectarine, pure and restrained with plenty of power. The palate pins itself down with bright acidity, citrus fruits here too, nectarines, some white peach and honeysuckle; Arras ripples with youthful intensity, fading to grilled nuts at the finish. A masterful sparkling. As Arras has proved in previous vintages, it'll keep improving with age.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says
High quality due to finesse and complexity, classic flavours abound, finishing long and yeasty.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2002 Vintage) says
Classic mature, toasty melon bouquet and a fine linear palate with attractive biscuity development, firm acidity, and balancing sweetness. Still a tight and very youthful wine.
Winestate 20082009
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Perfumed and floral, with fresh aromas of white peach, meaty cracked yeast and grilled nuts before a luxuriantly long creamy and sumptuous palate. Its lingering palate of pristine and explosive stonefruit, cirrus and melon-like flavour is creamy and crackly, with a tight, fine mousse and refreshingly dry and tangy lemon sherbet-like finish of crisp acidity and a sour cherry note. Charmingly evolved, complex and complete.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
Rob Geddes MW (2001 Vintage) says
High quality due to finesse and complexity, classic flavours abound, finishing long and yeasty
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
A very good, richly favoured, complex and slightly meaty sparkling wine of intensity and structure. Scented with a floral perfume and creamy bakery yeast, its nutty and citrusy aromas show some toasty, honeyed development. Chewy and toasty, its crackly, crunchy palate is full of impact and complexity. It might lack the polish of the 1999 release, but retains plenty of lingering lemon sherbet and apple-like flavour, finishing with a pleasing balance of sweetness and acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Crisp, fine and elegantly poised; subtle bready aulolysis characters alongside lingering lemon, citrus, apple and stone fruit; faultless balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (1999 Vintage) says
Developing a toasty, meaty and brioche-like bouquet of citrus and honeysuckle, before an elegant and restrained palate whose tightly focused core of intense fruit delivers an explosive impact. There's creaminess and richness in the middle, but the wine finishes lean and sculpted, with lingering fresh fruit flavours over a chalky backbone.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Chardonnay Pinot. Very pale straw-green; the bouquet is still incredibly fresh, with pure mineral and citrus aromatics; the palate is super-fine and elegant, with citrus flavours driving the wine. Even after 4 years on yeast lees the emphasis is on finesse rather than complexity, and the wine falters fractionally on the finish. One hundred per cent Tasmania sourced. Highly probable that its best years are in front of it.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Chardonnay Pinot. Light straw-green; a fine, intense, elegant bouquet, lean, but showing bready autolysis from prolonged lees contact. The palate is intense, fine and lingering, the aftertaste even better. 4 trophies and 13 gold medals says it all.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
A striking and complex bouquet with spice, hay and bread aromas is followed by a taut, powerful palate with impeccable length and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

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